The Fisheries Society of Nigeria (FISON) has called on the Federal Government to curb increasing piracy in the countryâ€™â€™s territorial waters to encourage the growth of the fishing industry.FISONâ€™â€™s National President, Mrs Foluke Areola on Tuesday in Lagos that the sector experienced over300 piracy attacks in the last one year. She said that some of the incidents were not reported.â€œGovernment needs to undertake a comprehensive and effective monitoring, control and surveillance of fishing activities in Nigeriaâ€™â€™s territorial waters,â€â€
Areola said.According to her, piracy at sea has resulted in the loss of human lives, products as well as navigation
equipment. She disclosed that some of the challenges facing the sectorincluded marketing of fish products, poaching by foreign fishing companies and the supply of diesel.
â€œThe sector does not get diesel at control price, We have advocated for a special subsidy, particularly as trawlers have problems with the supply of diesel. The product is not only unavailable, but it is difficult to get at the right time, causing many fish farmers to lose fishing days,â€ Areola said.
The President explained that foreign shipping companies had also done enormous damage to the nationâ€™â€™s fish stock as a result of over fishing. She, therefore urged government to initiate measures to stop foreign vessels from poaching in the nationâ€™â€™s territorial waters.Areola said that the aquaculture sector, which had recorded tremendous growth in the last five years, was now faced with the problem of marketing fish products.
â€œWe need to have a form of networking to link farmers in one state with others because we have noticed that some states have abundant fish products while others do not have,â€ she said. Areola said that the modalities were being worked out by the World Feed Centre in Egypt and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to set up Brood Stock Development Banks in the country.
She said that FISON would collaborate with the FAO and theWorld Feed Centre to develop the Brood Stock Development Banks, which would raise nursery fishes for sale to FISON members. Areola said that the initiative would also help in sanitising the sector.